Gorillas Claim Back to Back Championship

BriLee Peck

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The Gregory Gorillas beat the Irene-Wakonda Eagles 56-30 at the USD Dakota Dome in Vermillion for the 9AA Championship on Nov. 9. While at the Dome, there were several records broken by the Gorillas. One record broken was an 80 yard touchdown to Caleb Stukel from Andy McCance, and it previously was 75 yards. McCance also broke the total offensive yards of 413 with 582. Another record being 26 first downs in a game, and the old record was 24. As a team, they also broke the total offensive yards of 546 with 631. Also McCance won the Joe Robbie Award as the most valuable player of the game and the Outstanding Back. Cade Fortuna was selected as the Outstanding Lineman of the game.

In the first quarter with 9:58 on the clock, McCance had a 46-yard jaunt for a touchdown. Also in the first quarter with 5:36 on the clock, McCance had a 10-yard run for another touchdown. To start the second quarter with 11:57 left, McCance threw the ball to Jayd VanDerWerff for a 16-yard touchdown, and McCance ran the ball in the end zone for a 2-point conversion. With 9:19 left, the Eagles had a 1-yard plunge by Trey King and to follow that Tate Gale kicked the ball for a successful field goal. Following that, with 8:37 left, McCance threw the ball to JJ Beck for an 18-yard run touchdown. Then also in the second quarter with :23 left, McCance threw the ball to Blake Boes for a 20-yard run for another touchdown. To finish the second quarter, King threw the ball to Dallas Lee for a 12-yard run for a touchdown and a successful 2-point conversion to Cody Oien from King.

In the second half of the game in the third quarter, the Gorillas started it off with 8:27 left a touchdown by Beck from McCance and a successful 2-point coversion to VanDerWerff from McCance. Also in the third quarter, Oien had a 12-yard run from King for a touchdown and another 2-point conversion to Brendan Sokolowski from King. Then in the third quarter, McCance threw the ball to Boes for a 32-yard run for another touchdown, and McCance ran the ball in for another 2-point conversion. To start the fourth quarter, with 9:23 left, VanDerWerff ran the ball for a four yard touchdown and VanDerWerff also ran the ball in from McCance for another 2-point conversion. To finish the game with 5:25 left, King threw the ball to Sokolowski for a 7 yard run touchdown and another successful field goal by Gale.

McCance had 15 rushes for 123 yards, VanDerWerff had 12 rushes for 77 yards, and JJ Beck had eight rushes for 57 yards. As a team they had 40 rushes for 271 yards total. McCance had 21 completed passes out of 35. Boes, Beck, VanDerWerff, and McCance all had two touchdows. VanDerWerff and McCance both two 2-point conversions. Boes lead with 110 receiving yards, and Beck trailed behind with 92. Beck also had 10 tackles and four assists, and Raven Songer had seven tackles and one assist.

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